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Development Programme

Introduction to the scheme


To develop future leaders, we’ve designed programmes that recognise your strengths and provide development tailored to you. Our programmes offer you a huge range of exciting and challenging roles, comprehensive training, genuine responsibility and personal mentors, to ensure you have the opportunity to stand out in your chosen field.

You are only eligible to submit one application, so if you are interested in more than one graduate programme, please contact us to talk this through before applying.


Training and Development

We don’t expect you to be the complete professional on your first day, so we've put together a Graduate Development Programme that runs over three years, with a focus on how to turn your potential into specialist skills and grow your career.

You provide the determination and the Graduate Development Programme will give you the building blocks to accelerate your career progression. You will find yourself taking part in everything from business simulations, interactive masterclasses and outdoor experiential learning; all designed to build your skills in a range of stimulating environments.

Throughout the programme you'll have the opportunity to build a wide-reaching network with other graduates across the entire UK business. You'll also engage with an early career manager to ensure you make the most of your opportunities as you develop and grow.



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If you have any questions about the Graduate Programmes please email:

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What is Actuarial?

On the Actuarial Programme you’ll learn how to analyse data, assess risks and create models that will drive intelligent decision-making. You’ll play a pivotal role in our business, alongside some of the most qualified actuaries and analysts in the industry. So, if you're a motivated and ambitious person you won't find a better place to become a Future Actuarial Leader.

What skills will I need?

An analytical approach and a high-level of numerical skills are essential. You'll also need excellent team-working, communication and interpersonal skills, and the motivation to carry on studying towards a professional qualification.

What will I be doing?

You’ll be expected to apply actuarial techniques to support critical commercial decisions and the creative management of our business.

We provide insurance solutions for an immense range of customers: from members of the public, through small and medium sized enterprises, to local government organisations and large multi-national corporations. Our actuarial teams drive the pricing and reserving for all these markets.

We want to develop future actuarial leaders that understand the breadth of our actuarial teams and how they contribute to great customer protection and outcomes. So you will have the opportunity to spend time across actuarial teams and in the wider business to enable you experience that first hand.

In the actuarial reserving team, you'll be calculating the expected level of future claims. By applying statistical techniques, analysing experience against expectations, and communicating business insight you'll become a valuable member of the reserving function.

In the actuarial pricing team you'll find yourself analysing profitability, improving approaches to customer segmentation, and developing market-leading rating technology.

In the Life Insurance actuarial team you’ll deal with life, pension and investment products. This could include anything from pricing new products, or providing actuarial support for group-wide projects, to financial risk management and modelling, reserving and financial reporting.

What support will I receive as an actuary?

We're very serious about investing in our people. So, you'll have an early career manager who will guide you through rotations, give you advice and all the help you need with structuring your exam and revision time. Along with working with some of the most talented colleagues in the business, you can also look forward to a comprehensive support programme, including study materials, tutorials and study leave.

What can I look forward to?

This is your chance to develop while learning from a group of talented actuaries and analysts from across the industry. This is an unusual opportunity to work in industry, getting to grips with the core functions of a large global insurer, working as part of a respected team with support to becoming fully-qualified within five years.

Where will I be based?

You’ll need to be flexible on location, as some of our businesses require you to work at different sites.

What is Change and Technology?

We’re looking for bright, enthusiastic and ambitious graduates to join our Change and Technology stream. You can expect considerable responsibility very quickly – perhaps heading up a workstream in one of our large businesses or IT transformation programmes; developing your technical and analytical skills to help drive the implementation of critical business decisions; and working with major strategic suppliers.

We’ll help you build a strong portfolio of technical, change management and leadership skills to drive your career in a fast-moving, competitive and business-focused environment. We’ll give you the support you need to help us transform our business. In return, we’ll expect you to make an impact right from the start.

What skills will I need?

The ability to grasp complex concepts in a business environment is a must and you will really need fantastic team-working, communication, organisational and influencing skills, together with real enthusiasm and drive. While an interest in technology is desirable, you don’t need to have an IT-related degree to work with us.

What will I be doing?

We’ll give you exposure to different roles to help you understand the ways change is managed in our business, and build your portfolio of technical, business and leadership skills. We have various jobs which you can experience in your rotations around the department to help you build your chosen career.

We want to develop future change and technology leaders that understand the breadth of our business and develop an understanding of how they contribute to great customer protection and outcomes. So you will also have the opportunity to spend time in a business rotation to enable you experience that first hand.

Business analysis - you'll work with people from across the business to draw out requirements, perform impact analysis, and provide insights into the ways we deliver business solutions.

Project management - you’ll be responsible for driving business change and IT projects of varying scope and size, from initiation to delivery. You might be heading up a critical workstream for one of our major strategic programmes, or have total ownership of a smaller project.

Architecture - our Architecture team have responsibility to provide Zurich the foundations on which to build new capability and excel in the market place. You'll help design and implement innovative and cost-effective solutions for our IT landscape whilst ensuring our critical legacy systems are optimised and reliable.

What can I look forward to?

You will have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of projects. After just a few years, some graduates are now managing projects with a £1m budget. You might be working with colleagues from across the world on initiatives which affect our business globally. You could develop a career as a Programme Manager or become a Senior Business Analyst or Architect with responsibility for shaping our future use of technology. There are no limits to what you can achieve with the right capability and motivation.

Where will I be based?

You’ll need to be flexible on location, as some of our businesses require you to work at different sites.

What is Finance?

Our record of turning talented graduates into successful finance professionals is truly excellent and as a Finance graduate you'll benefit from activities designed to develop career-enhancing skills.

You’ll have opportunities to work with other graduates and colleagues from Finance, to widen your network. You will find yourself working in business-facing and corporate finance teams to get the essential experience that could take you almost anywhere. You’ll be expected to work within financial reporting, management accounting, business partnering, expense analysis and treasury management. This will allow you to rotate around the business and build a strong understanding of our culture and how we serve our customers.

What skills will I need?

You`ll need excellent numeracy and analytical skills, the ability to draw conclusions from the analysis of data and communicating recommendations to stakeholders. You will need excellent team-working skills and should be highly motivated and articulate, with the drive to succeed while completing your professional qualification.

What will I be doing?

We want our future finance leaders to understand how Finance operates across the UK and how the work in Finance enables us as a business to better support our customers.

You will have the opportunity to spend time in a business rotation to enable you to experience this first hand in addition to rotations in finance covering financial reporting, management accounting, expense analysis, treasury management and business partnering.

What can I look forward to?

You can look forward to a structured rotation programme that will give you a rounded experience of Finance and the hands on experience and exposure you need to understand the breadth of the Finance function while developing your commercial knowledge. You could find yourself supporting with corporate management information; collating and analysing legal entity financial data; undertaking expense analysis; or forecasting, financial planning and decision making completing cost-benefit analyses.

Throughout the programme you'll receive structured training and support while studying for your professional qualifications, including study materials, tutorials and study leave.

We support a wide range of professional qualifications for our Finance graduates, which could include the completion of either ACA, ACCA or CIMA. The qualification that you will complete will vary depending on the business area you join and the route you decide to take.

Where will I be based?

You’ll need to be flexible on location, as some of our businesses require you to work at different sites.

What is Business Management?

Our Business Management Graduate Programme has been designed to build outstanding talent for management and leadership roles, and give you unrivalled exposure to a whole range of business areas. You’ll have the opportunity to challenge yourself across a variety of areas and develop a range of skills and networks, overseeing projects that deliver value to our business and customers, and creating the commercial and technical know-how that will set you on course to be a future leader.

What skills will I need?

You will need to have the drive and enthusiasm to develop an understanding of each area and our business as a whole. Fantastic team-working, communication, organisational and influencing skills are key as is the desire to seize the initiative, embrace new opportunities and to help make our business the best it can be.

What will I be doing?

During the three-year programme, your opportunities will be influenced by your career aspirations, balanced with business requirements. You will build a strong understanding of our business, how we assess risk, build and price products, how they are distributed and marketed, and how we deliver to customers when they need us.

Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to learn about the business, getting to grips with the complexity of claims, learning about underwriting and developing relationships with our customers and brokers. Additionally you can expect to provide our customers with insight, influence the strategic marketing agenda and drive operational excellence.

You will be supported and challenged throughout and will work on key business projects and initiatives ensuring you put the customer at the heart of all we do, embed the Zurich culture and become the best leader you can be.

What can I look forward to?

As a Business Management Graduate you will have the opportunity to take responsibility for a number of projects and business initiatives alongside departmental day-to-day activities. These could include preparing and delivering a report to stakeholders, providing solutions for our customers or managing a team looking into new business opportunities. With the right enthusiasm your development could take you almost anywhere.

Where will I be based?

You’ll need to be flexible on location, as some of our businesses require you to work at different sites.